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Association Leadership

Michael Christman
Executive Director
Gavin Giddings
Secretary/Treasurer

CDR Gavin Giddings, USNR(ret) grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He didn't have much sailing experience until coming to the US Naval Academy. While there, he was a member of the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team and sailed a number of long distance races, including the Newport-Bermuda, Marion-Bermuda, Onion Patch Series, Marblehead-Halifax and many other races. He graduated with the class of 1982 with a BS in Naval Architecture and was commissioned an Ensign. He was designated a Naval Aviator and flew the Grumman A-6E Intruder.

After leaving the active duty service, he continued in the Naval Reserves in a variety of roles. Meanwhile, Gavin was hired as a pilot at American Airlines, where he continues to work as a captain on the Boeing 737. He has flown the 727, 737, 757, 767, 777 and MD-80 aircraft. CDR Giddings lives in Annapolis, MD and has been a member of USNSA since 1982, when he was encouraged to join during a trans-Atlantic voyage on the '65 sloop Enterprise by former Executive Director Captain Bob Mcwethy. Gavin joined the board of directors about 15 years ago and took over as the Secretary/Treasurer of both USNSA and the Foundation three years ago.

Archita de Leon
Executive Assistant